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Why Bamboo?

 

There is simply so much to love about bamboo, our favorite rapidly renewable grass. There are also many kinds of non-renewable materials that it can replace, especially any product made from tree-pulp and many types of plastic used in fiber production.

 

Why Bamboo? There is simply so much to love about bamboo, our favorite rapidly renewable grass. There are also many kinds of non-renewable materials that it can replace, especially any product made from tree-pulp and many types of plastic used in fiber production.

Bamboo is a self­-regenerating raw material with a continuous production of new shoots. It does not die when it is cut down; it replenishes itself.

 

Ordinary trees have to be cultivated from seedlings, and need to grow for several decades to produce timber. The trees are cut and then new trees have to be planted again as seedlings to create a new forest. Bamboo grows into a forest by reproducing itself and continuously provides timber. It is a surprising resource for the future ; one that contributes to global economic growth as a green alternative to traditional timber.

 

The recent trend in ‘branding’ bamboo as a green material is based on the belief that bamboo holds the promise of a sustainable, cost effective, and ecologically benign alternative to the widespread clear­-cutting of old growth forests and dwindling timber resources. Because of the merits of bamboo growing fast and its subsequent re-­growth after cutting, it is indeed a renewable resource. And much like a giant lung, living forests breathe. It has been estimated that bamboo’s leafy canopy possibly releases 25 percent more oxygen than a comparable cluster of hardwood trees, especially since the bamboo re-­grows and reproduces a canopy many times in its lifespan. In the renewing process, the bamboo plant grabs carbon dioxide from the air and holds it within its culm (stem) and root system where, in nature, it is not released until the soil in which the plant decomposes is cultivated. It is becoming generally accepted that one major cause of climate change is the rising levels of gasses in the earth’s atmosphere, primarily serious is that of rising levels of carbon dioxide. Products made from bamboo take that carbon out of circulation. Bamboo products which are sustainably harvested and properly manufactured can last for many generations, keeping carbon locked up over the life of the products and helping to offset carbon usage that occurs in the product shipping distances to the end-­market.

 

Industrial bamboo products derived using best-­practice technology, (even when used in the United States) can be labeled “CO2 neutral or better”. The high annual yield of bamboo, in combination with its durable root structure which enables growth in difficult habitats such as marginal lands and eroded slopes, is one of the most promising solutions in the required shift towards renewable materials.

 

Bamboo is better because it is a eco-friendly, highly renewable resource. Sustainably managed bamboo plantations can stimulate social and economic development, and serve important ecological and biological functions to improve Planet Earth.

 

The Bottom Line For Bamboo

 

Buying bamboo products not only alleviates the burden of trees around the world (and in some cases, replaces plastic material in products, i.e., wet wipes, disposable utensils, packaging, etc.), but it has reduced poverty for many rural Chinese with the great potential to reduce poverty for many others worldwide as we demonstrate a demand for this rapidly renewable grass elsewhere.

 

 

If any of your questions have not been answered, please feel free to contact us.

What does “renewable and sustainable” mean?

Renewability refers to a plant that has a short regeneration period to full maturation, usually in stark contrast to the material they are replacing. Sustainability refers to resources being replenished at a fast enough rate at which they can be used for consumption. Bamboo is a quintessential renewable and sustainable plant due to the fact that it grows back so quickly and naturally. Furthermore, it is a regenerating plant, which means it does not have to be replanted. This saves on gas-guzzling tractors.

Will bamboo production put Panda bears at more risk?

No. The species’ of plant used for processing fiber is a different variety than the ones Pandas consume. Its Latin name is Phyllostachys heterocycla pubescens, but is commonly known as Moso bamboo. Deforestation, agricultural encroachment and road-building remain the biggest threats to Panda habitat.

Why did you choose bamboo products?

Because it’s the best, environmentally-preferable solution for disposable products! We invite you to read our Bamboo page for detailed information about bamboo. Below are the highlights of why we chose it for our products:

  • Regenerated cellulose fiber made from bamboo is a bio-based material;
  • Bamboo is the fastest growing grass on the planet and can shoot up a yard or more a day making it an endurable natural resource. Bamboo is ready for harvesting in 2-4 years (as opposed to 30+ years for trees);
  • Bamboo does not require replanting after harvesting because of its vast root network;
  • Bamboo crops do not require significant amounts of water, in fact, rain water is usually sufficient for growth;
  • Bamboo generates 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees;
  • Replacing disposables with bamboo material can have a major effect on the rate of deforestation of hardwood forests;
  • Regenerated-cellulose fiber from bamboo is very soft.

What About Bamboo Agriculture in the United States?

Bamboo has also been projected as a “new cash crop” for the USA’s economically-depressed Mississippi Delta, to replace exhausted cotton, and touted as the next “microsoft of the business world” according to Canadian Senator Doug Finley. As we build a future for bamboo in North America, it is critical to appreciate the beneficial aspect of bamboo imports in regards to helping us alleviate the burden of our own forestlands for pulp and paper products.

Are your wipes flushable?

Most people are not aware, but there are currently no federal regulations regarding this marketing claim. INDA, the Association for Non Woven Fabrics Industry offers guidelines to determine flushability, but it seems that even the experts are conflicted as to whether any company should be advertising wet wipes as flushable. In fact, several states have tried to ban this marketing claim for wet wipes altogether. Therefore, we do not recommend that you flush our Bamboo Wipes.  There is more to flushablity than whether or not the product will biodegrade. What we have learned is that flushability really depends on if the flushed material will cause blockage problems en route to these microbial feasts. If you flush many wipes per day, chances are that it could be a problem.

Are your Wipes compostable?

Composting turns degradable materials into useable compost-humus-like material that enriches the soil and returns nutrients to the earth. The FTC recently set requirements for compostability certification testing that is a financial burden for many small business like ours. We will keep you updated on our progress with our certification tests. In the meantime, we cannot make claims that they are compostable at industrial or municipal facilities.